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He was born September 30, 1916, at Bozeman, Montana the son of James Clyde and Lottie Mae Dennis Dent.
He was united in marriage to Viola Mildred Anderson on June 2, 1940, at Novelty, MO and to this union four children were born.
Surviving are three children Charlotte Mitchell and husband Larry of Edina, MO, James Dent and wife Audrey of Maywood, MO and Sherwin Dent and wife Karen of Macon, MO, two brothers Clyde William Dent of San Antonio, TX and James Richard Dent and wife Charlotte of Grain Valley, MO, sixteen grandchildren, numerous great and great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, one son Lester Allen Dent, three sisters Juanita Nall, Mary Regenos and Eva McCarty and two brother’s Robert and Donald Dent.
Ernest graduated from Knox City High School. He enlisted in the CCC’s in 1938 and served two years in several states. He then worked several years in South Bend, IN. He also owned and operated a feed store in Knox City, MO. Ernest served in the United States Army during World War II. He was engaged in farming for fifteen years in the Bee Ridge area. Ernest graduated from LPN School and was employed in Nursing for twenty eight years, retiring from Twin Pines in Kirksville, MO. Ernest loved gardening, nature and restoring old tractors.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO. Reverend Sam Smith officiated the services. Burial with full Military Honors was in the Bee Ridge Cemetery. Music was provided by the family. Casket bearers were Kelly Wilson, James M. Dent, David Mitchell, Lester Ray Dent, Jason Dent and Don Robertson. Honorary bearers were his granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to Bee Ridge Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.